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Confirmed: Eden Hazard leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid

Eden Hazard, pictured, said “goodbye” to Chelsea after the Europa League final win over Arsenal (Bradley Collyer/PA)
Eden Hazard, pictured, said “goodbye” to Chelsea after the Europa League final win over Arsenal (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

The player was at the centre of a rumoured £130m transfer to the Bernabeu.

On Friday the club confirmed the Belgium had signed a five year deal and will be presented next week.

The 28-year-old helped Chelsea to the Europa League win last week after seven years at Stamford Bridge.

"Hazard leaves Chelsea as one of the great players in our history," Chelsea said in a statement.

"He helped the team win the Premier League on two occasions, the Europa League twice and the FA Cup and League Cup once. He has been voted Chelsea Player of the Year on a record four occasions.

"A shining star throughout the many successes the team achieved, Hazard played 352 games for the club, the 23rd highest total in our history, and scored 110 goals, the ninth most."

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: "Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay, we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.

"The memories he leaves us with will not fade. He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously. He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with. We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future."

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